Ikat + March Budget

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Blouse: Gap Factory Cardigan: H&M Jeans: LOFT Flats: Payless Earrings: Borrowed from Mom Bracelet: NY & Co.

I am proud to announce that I have successfully made it through my no-shopping ban that I set for myself at the end of last month! Woot! I actually haven't purchased any clothing since I went shopping with Ashlie on Valentine's Day, so technically, it's been about a month and a half. Surprisingly, it really wasn't hard to refrain from shopping. That's probably largely in part to my lack of spending money, but I think it's also because I've kept myself busy doing other things (like networking and LOTS of writing) and staying away from stores. If I could offer one bit of advice for those contemplating a no-shopping ban, I would suggest not even going into stores at all. There's very little temptation when you're not surrounded by clothes and accessories. That also includes staying off of those websites and unsubscribing from promotional emails to all of my online shoppers! In an effort to simplify, last month I unsubscribed from a lot of emails and it feels so much better to have an emptier inbox (and a fuller wallet).

I thought I would showcase one of the tops I purchased in February that I just love. I've said it before and I'll say it again: tunic popover tops are WHERE IT'S AT. I am always so surprised to see how many ways you can wear a patterned tunic top: tucked, untucked, layered under sweaters, layered under cardigans, on its own, with shorts, with jeans, with dress pants, with skirts, dressed up, dressed down, sleeves rolled, sleeves unrolled, and in all seasons. Because they're typically collarless, they are so easy to throw on. I wear this floral printed tunic popover biweekly it seems.

When I found this top at Gap Factory, I knew that it would quickly become a staple, especially with its bold color and fun pattern. I've always been a fan of ikat, but I've never owned anything in its print! I'm excited to wear this long into the spring and summer.

I should note that these tops might not officially fall under the "tunic" category as they aren't exceptionally longer than most tops these days, but their length does help with layering and tucking more so than regular blouses.

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Pardon my wrinkles ;)

Here's some GREAT options at affordable prices. Let me know if you have any questions about these kind of blouses:

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